This page is problem-based rather than subject-based, since in our experience students face the same problems right across the curriculum. Subject teachers should read both this and the Learning difficulties sections.
- face the teacher
- face the board or demonstration area
- be away from the main aisle or door, to minimise distraction
- have adequate space for the affected arm
- have unrestricted movement of the dominant arm
Production of written material
- stabilising of paper
- drawing of graphs, diagrams etc
- setting out of work
- poor co-ordination affecting handwriting
- A4 is easier to manage than A3
- use of a keyboard can ease problems with handwriting and setting out of work
- blobs of 'blu-tack' can help anchor paper
- loose leaf notebooks or sheets attached to clipboards may be easier to manage than exercise books
- a magnetic board, used with rulers and geometry instruments also backed with magnetic strips, can help with drawing graphs, diagrams etc. (Pre-prepared diagrams and graphs may also be helpful
- extra time may be needed to complete tasks
- tasks may be broken down into more manageable units
- conducting experiments
- safety factors (the affected limb may have reduced sensitivity).
- pairing with another student
- modification of equipment
- extra time to complete tasks
The student may feel more self-conscious or clumsy during practical work, and may need encouragement to participate fully.